Container planting: secrets to successful urban gardening

Container planting brings colour and interest to an unexciting space. But it’s important to choose the right pot to reap the rewards of growing plants in artificial environments. When it comes to container planting size does matter. So picking a pot that’s big enough for the plant is paramount.

Drainage hole

A few other things micro gardeners should consider is the type of pot and ensuring the container has a drainage hole. Gardeners should also consider whether it will suit the style of their garden.

This video from The Family Handyman explains the pros and cons of containers.

The expert shows how to add a drainage hole in order to prevent water-logged soil. She also explains why the drainage hole should be covered and how to do it. Apparently, it allows the plant roots to drain freely and prevents the soil from leaching out.

The expert recommends that gardeners should choose plants that demand the same light intensity and moisture level. But ideally patio pots should also contain plants which have different leaf textures and growth habits. This is vital to create street appeal.

Group containers

Finally, one last point to consider is grouping containers according to the pot plants mature size. It is advisable to place taller pot plants towards the back or middle. The shortest pot plants should go in front or towards the sides.

In the example by Garden Guides, container planting has never looked so stylish. Experts have used an assortment of vintage containers to create a unique design. The cool blue pots balance well against the vibrant blooms. The result is a beautiful display of grape hyacinths in matching miniature pots. This idea can be repeated in summer, autumn and winter.

Happy container planting!